Arnaud Fontanet is a medical epidemiologist (MD in 1988 at Paris V, specialisation in rheumatology in 1990, Paris V, and DrPH from Harvard School of Public Health in 1993) specialized in infectious diseases epidemiology. After working at the WHO Global Program on AIDS (1993-1994), he spent five years in Ethiopia and two years in the Netherlands with the Ethio-Netherlands AIDS Research Project (1994-2001). In 2002, he joined Institut Pasteur to launch the Emerging Diseases Epidemiology unit. There, his focus has been on viral hepatitis C and emerging infections such as SARS and MERS. Arnaud Fontanet is also Professor of Public Health at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, where he is Director and co-founder of the Pasteur-Cnam School of Public Health. In 2014, he was appointed as Director of the newly created Pasteur Centre for Global Health Research and Education.